Here at Country Squire Magazine we have focused on the hidden problem of homelessness in the countryside. Rural homelessness is a major problem, as our interview of Mandy Baldwin highlighted last year.
Today we’d like to draw your attention to a new campaign, represented by the Charity StreetLink, to help Britain’s homeless mostly across towns and cities.
StreetLink exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them. If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in England or Wales, you can use their website to send an alert to StreetLink. The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support.
StreetLink will ask you to provide the following information:
1) A specific location for the rough sleeping site. You can do this by using a map to pinpoint the exact location and then providing a written description of the location.
2) Details of the time that the rough sleeper has been seen at the location.
3) Any information about the rough sleeper that will help find them (gender, approximate age, what the person looks like, what they are wearing).
You will receive details of the action the local authority normally takes when they are told someone is sleeping rough in their area and an update on what has happened as a result of your alert within 10 working days if you have requested it.
This is an admirable service and the Country Squires wholeheartedly support it. There should be no homelessness in either town or country in Britain in 2018. Let’s help eradicate it.